2015 Conference Wrap-Up

Panelist presentations, handouts and photos are linked below. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Conference photos by kimcarolphotography.com.

2015 Conference Sessions

Keynote Presentation

April 1, 2015 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm

Panelist

Avoiding Pitfalls: Changing Rules that Could Derail Your Deal

April 2, 2015 • 9:00am - 10:30am

Complying with regulations for state and federal resources can be challenging, especially as policies change and new rules are introduced. Join veteran industry leaders as they grapple with and untangle some pressing issues, including updated IRS audit guidance and changing requirements in the banking industry, in order to help you effectively structure your deal.

Moderator

  • Keith Pryor Senior Developement Officer, IHDA

Panelists

  • Joseph Hague Vice President, Red Capital Markets, LLC
  • Bruce Schiff Principal, FLS Group, LLC
  • Milton S. Wakschlag Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLC
  • Lisa Williams Director of Asset Management Services, IHDA

Measuring Outcomes: Making the Case for Affordable Housing

April 2, 2015 • 9:00am - 10:30am

As quality housing’s connection to education, health and employment becomes clearer, funding agencies and developers are under increasing pressure to focus on data and measurable positive outcomes. Learn how quality of life and economic outcomes are measured and how these measurements are used to determine the true value of affordable housing in Illinois communities.

Moderator

  • Andrew Geer Vice President and Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Panelists

  • Jane Bilger Senior Program Officer, CSH
  • Nathan Carley Market Analysis Coordinator, IHDA
  • Leif Elsmo Executive Director for Community Affairs, University of Chicago
  • David E. Jacobs, PhD, C.I.H. Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Marisa Novara Director, Metropolitan Planning Council

Choosing the Best Financial Strategy

April 2, 2015 • 9:00am - 10:30am

As demand for funding exceeds the resources available, diversified sources of financing are more necessary than ever to create and preserve affordable housing. Listen to representatives from funding agencies and lenders discuss the issues, opportunities and financial combinations that can make or break your next deal.

Moderator

  • Mike Goetz Laborers' Home Development Corporation

Panelists

  • Dan Burke Director, Multifamily Midwest Regional Center, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
  • Steve Gladden Assistant Director, Multifamily Finance, IHDA
  • Tim Klont Assistant Vice President, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
  • Barry Ramsey Housing Program Director, USDA Rural Development
  • James J. West Director, BMO Harris Bank, N.A.

Strategies for Revitalization: City of Chicago Initiatives

April 2, 2015 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Valuable lessons can be learned from the City of Chicago as they engage with new and ongoing revitalization strategies. Learn how new ordinances and initiatives, as well as upcoming funding and redevelopment opportunities, will impact affordable housing development and low-income residents.

 

Moderator

  • Jack Markowski President, Community Investment Corporation

Panelists

  • Felicia Davis Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings
  • Bill Eager Vice President, Chicago Region, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH)
  • Lawrence Grisham Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Planning and Development
  • Ellen Sahli Chief Housing Officer, CHA
  • Stacie Young Director, The Preservation Compact

The Return of Shark Tank: Competing for Capital

April 2, 2015 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Back by popular demand! Modeled after the ABC television show, this interactive session will provide insight into the priorities of lenders and investors as two projects in pre-development compete for equity.

Moderator

  • Ben Applegate Managing Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, PC

Panelists

  • Mark Stroker Director of Real Estate Development, RISE Community Development
  • Joshua Wilmoth Vice President, Full Circle Communities, Inc.
  • Bryan Kilbane Director - Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners
  • Rachel Rhodes Vice President - Central Region, National Equity Fund, Inc.
  • Cassandra Silvernail Senior Equity Originator, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • David J. Urban Director, RBC Capital Markets - Tax Credit Equity Group
  • Robert J. Wasserman Business Development Officer, U.S. Bank, Tax Credit Investments

How to Win the Fight Against NIMBYism

April 2, 2015 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

“Not in My Back Yard” opposition can derail the development of affordable housing in the early stages.  NIMBY in Illinois is expected to grow as incentives for housing in Opportunity Areas continue to influence site and market choices. Join our panel to discuss strategies for gaining acceptance for affordable housing.

Moderator

  • Alan Quick Director of Strategic Planning and Research, IHDA

Panelists

  • Kevin Jackson Executive Director, Chicago Rehab Network
  • Richard Koenig, PhD Executive Director, Housing Opportunity Development Corporation
  • Craig Smith Mayor of the City of Paris, Illinois
  • Aisha Turner Housing Coordination Services Manager, IHDA
  • Andrew Williams-Clark Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

Building a Resilient State

April 2, 2015 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Energy costs and sustainable designs are increasing in visibility and importance in Illinois and are impacting the development of affordable housing. Learn how to make projects more viable and extend their longevity with the latest policies, programs and project-specific solutions that have minimal impact on overall costs.

Moderator

  • Bryan Zises Assistant Executive Director, IHDA

Panelists

  • Krista Egger Senior Program Officer, Green Communities, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Anne Evens CEO, Elevate Energy
  • Jennifer Miller Program Manager, Cook County Department of Planning and Development, Bureau of Economic Development

Strategies for Revitalization: Land Banks and Targeted Rehabilitation

April 2, 2015 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

As Illinois continues to pick up the pieces from the foreclosure crisis, vacant properties still impact many areas of the state. Learn about the partnerships, tools and proven strategies for preventing vacancy and blight with examples of how land banks and targeted redevelopment efforts are being used to promote revitalization and add value in Illinois.

Moderator

  • Calvin Holmes President, Chicago Community Loan Fund

Panelists

  • Jason Hall Manager- Alternative Disposition, Fannie Mae
  • Brian Hollenback President, Renaissance Rock Island/Rock Island Economic Growth
  • Robert "Rob" Rose Executive Director, Cook County Land Bank Authority
  • Russel Rydin Executive Director, South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority
  • Dawn Stockmo Community Development Manager, National Community Stabilization Trust

The Evolving Landscape of Supportive Housing and Assisted Living

April 2, 2015 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

The State of Illinois continues to look for innovative solutions in supportive housing improve individual lives via community integration. This panel will explore the latest innovations in the evolving landscape of supportive housing and assisted living, including Illinois’ administration of the Section 811 program, common management issues seen in the administration of Illinois’ Statewide Referral Network, service provision, Managed Care, and rebalancing initiatives to better serve at-risk populations.

Moderator

  • Mark Ishaug CEO, Threshholds

Panelists

  • Lore Baker Statewide Housing Coordinator for Long Term Care Reform, State of Illinois
  • Paul H. Bennett, MSW, PhD Senior Public Services Administrator, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Jessica Berzac Vice President of Development, UP Development, LLC
  • Wayne Smallwood Executive Director, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition

What’s Next for RAD?

April 2, 2015 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

The Rental Assistance Demonstration pilot program has been expanded to 180,000 units, opening the door for additional applications to HUD and significant reinvestment in public housing. Hear panelists discuss lessons learned to date from successful RAD conversions, the program’s impact on the demand for limited resources and what the increased cap means for the future of public housing redevelopment in Illinois.

Moderator

  • Edgar Flagg Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Panelists

  • Bruce Gerhart Regional Director, LOVE Funding
  • Scott Gruel Senior Underwriter, Multifamily Midwest Region, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
  • Richard Monocchio Executive Director, Housing Authority of Cook County
  • Bill Pluta Director, Office of Housing Coordination Services, IHDA

Out of the Box but Within the Budget: Innovative Design Options

April 2, 2015 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Affordable housing is increasingly asked to support populations and initiatives with complex uses and design that can raise construction costs.  Learn from industry experts as they explore the duality of innovation and cost containment and examine strategies for new construction, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of developments that will serve a variety of populations and needs.

Moderator

  • Spencer Skinner, AIA Manager of Architecture and Construction Services, IHDA

Panelists